Level 1 Lesson 5 / It’s me, What is it? / 이에요,예요

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After listening to this lesson, you can form simple present tense sentences like “It’s water.” “It’s me.” or “It’s a dictionary.” and you can also ask “What is it?” in Korean. The basic way in which Korean sentences are formed is different from the way English sentences are formed because the position of the verb in a sentence is different. In Korean, the verb “to be” comes AFTER a noun, and you can learn how to form simple “to be” sentences in Korean by listening to this episode of TalkToMeInKorean. Be sure to use the free PDF attached to this lesson as well.


You can read more about this grammar point at this Korean Wiki Project page.

You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


  • Dinara

    저는 안 학생이예요…

    • Serap Yalçıner

      this sentence is false. Because “학생” last letter is consonant. We use 이에요. Not 이예요!!!!!!! Right ??

    • Sinyeong Kim

      Serap, you’re right. 저는 학생 “이에요.” is right, and if you wanna say “I’m not a student,” 저는 학생이 아니에요. is the right sentence :)

  • Francess Cruz Sanchez

    Why do you pronounce the “L” like the “r”

    • Jossy Leon

      Because “ㄹ” at the begenning of a word it’s “R” sound and at the end is “L” sound. But if next to “ㄹ” is “ㅇ” whereas is 아 이 어 오, etc. It will sound as “R”. And if next to “ㄹ” there’s another “ㄹ” it will sound as “L” too.
      For example:
      런던 – London (pronunciation: rondon)
      물이에요 – It’s water (pronunciation: murieyo)
      딸 – Daughter (pronunciation: ddal)
      칠레- Chile -the country- (pronunciation: chile)
      I hope this has helped n_n

  • Francess Cruz Sanchez

    And do you pronounce the “m” like the “b”
    and the “n” like the “d”

    • Seokjin Jin

      Well, you will get used to the pronunciations if you listen to Korean conversation more. When we pronounce ㄴ or ㅁ, there is no plosive sound.

  • Amine Laifi

    thank you for the lesson

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for studying with us. :)

  • Faith Hearon

    are 예요 and 나는/저는 similar or the same?

    • Owen

      No, 예요 is means “it is” and 저는 means “I” but you use 저는 when you are stating something like “I am ….” and use 예요 as if you are asking “Are you?”

  • Natalie Baptiste

    Great lesson but there is a no romanization break up of the syllables hard to follow with just the sounds

  • Leiza

    This lesson is a great one. It really help me a lot to identify “Iyeyo” and “Yeyo”
    Can you write in Korean those words?

    • YH

      이에요,예요

  • Serap Yalçıner

    Thank you for the lesson^^ And İ will study hard :) ahahahah

  • Serap Yalçıner

    선생님 ?!?!?!?

    Is it true this paragraph ??? Please ansewer me ?!?!?!?

    와 [wa] when the last letter of the word ends in a vowel.
    괴 [kwa] when the last letter of the word ends in a consonant.

    Examples:

    사과와 오렌지
    [sa-gwa-wa o-ren-ji]
    apple and orange

    사람괴 동물
    [sa-ram-kwa dong-mool]
    people and animals

    • JooyeonPark

      I think there is a typo which is ‘괴’.
      It’s not ‘괴’ but ‘과’ (kwa)
      Other than that, everything is right :)

  • Serap Yalçıner

    “음” What mean is it ?? My korean friend always use it … But i dont understand :D ahahahahaha

    • JooyeonPark

      It has no meaning. It’s just like ‘well..’ in English.

  • kingsamuraijack

    please help.
    when they say ” 물이에요 ” (mul-i-e-yo), why does it sounds like ” 불이에요 ” (bul-i-e-yo).
    Does “ㅁ/m” in start sound like “ㅂ/b” ?